On the eve of the conventions, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) emailed the following desperate statement saying that GOPers aren't taking the Senate races seriously.
"I recently challenged my colleagues to step up to the plate and help me provide the resources our candidates need to compete in races across the country -- to match the DSCC [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee] expenditures in targeted races. It has become clear that my call has gone largely unanswered. I have no control over the timing or content of IE [Independent Expenditure] ads, but I have had no choice but to decrease the total budget of our IE Unit. It is still my hope that my Republican colleagues will engage in this election and help match what the Democrats are doing. If they do, I will adjust our budget accordingly." (Release)
Hat Tip: KUT
Senate Republicans have little to be happy about these days. A new poll by our friends at MPR indicates that with the entry of Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley and a high number of undecided voters that Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken neck and neck. Previous polls have show Franken trailing by double digits.
Republicans are looking weak and could lose their seats in Colorado, New Mexico, Mississippi's (Special), Virginia and Alaska. Republican's best hopes for a pick up at this point remains Louisiana.